Downtown Vancouver Yards
7109 (S-4 MLW 77590 7/1952) with idler (reacher) switching on car ferry lead. July 1980
7113 with a mixed consist of freight passing under CPR Pacific Region headquarters building. June 1976
1210 switching a cut of grain covered hoppers on Christmas Eve! December 24, 1986.
Leif Sorensen Collection
Baldwin yard engines everywhere! All new in original paint
scheme. 7070 and 7069 at left.
Centre Yard looking west from Cambrie Street bridge at Smythe Street 1959
Another view slightly different angle.
Looking east from Cambie Street bridge. Piggyback yard in center of photograph. CP Express to the left.
MLW S-3 yard engine pulling a passenger train through the Dunsmuir Tunnel from the station on the other side of downtown making its way to the Coach Yard for servicing. The bridge in the background is the old Georgia Street Viaduct. 1959
West end trackage shows the Vancouver Lulu Island, (VLI
BCE), interchange on the left, and the Coach Yard on the right.
An overview more or less of the west end of Drake Street and the Coach Yard. Looks to be taken from the south deck of the Granville Street Bridge and show the layout of track that, (from the bottom of the picture), come from the Kitsilano Trestle and up into the west end of the Coach Yard. Johnston Terminals is on the right side before getting into the Coach Yard. Late 1950's based on the number of R Cars being serviced. There is a string of cars with a Skyline Coach in the middle but no Park Car, so it may be the Dominion.
View of the back tracks of the Coach Yard, and you can
see all the R Cars and other heavy weights serviced there
at the time. After these cars were decommissioned they were stored in
this location till the end of the Drake Street Coach Yard
Consist being turned on the wye at Drake Street shops.
A similar method was used at
Q Yard. Drake Street roundhouse in background at left. Looking west. Baldwin yard engine at right. 1970's
There are no cars in the Coach Yard, therefore likely 1980's. Just to the left of the Coach Yard itself you can see a building that at the time was home to the Wheel Lathe and Freight Claims. And a bit further to the left is the Stores building that also housed Marathon Realty. The old Cambie Street Bridge is in the background running over False Creek. The tracks that curve hard left go into the Centre Yard west end and also into the Yale Town industrial spur tracks.
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